July 1st recap

The General Manager of the Ottawa Senators, Pierre Dorion,  told fans not to get to excited for the start of Free Agency. Dorion is still evaluating his team, he believes they under preformed last season, so going all – in on the “big names” that became available wasn’t something that was going to happen.

Instead of jumping into the deep end of free agency, Dorion popped a toe in the water acquiring an AHL forward and resigning his own prospects in the season. Here is a recap of what the Senators did on Day 1:


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  • Name : Michael Kostka
  • Position: Defense
  • Age: 30 (11.28.85)
  • Shoots: Right
  • Term: one -year two- way contract.
  • Price tag: $800k (NHL) / $325k (AHL)
  • Comparables: Trevor van Riemsdyk ($825k), Chris Wideman ($800k), Mark Barberio ($750k)

On July 1, 2015, Kostka signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.

2015-2016: Kostka played 50 games with the Binghamton Senators, he had 5 goals (2nd most among Binghamton defensemen) and 24 assists (which led Binghamton defensemen.)

Kostka also played 15 games with the Ottawa Senators. He registered 1 assist and was a plus 6.


Name : Casey Bailey
Position: Right Wing / Center
Age: 24 (10.27.91)
Shoots: Right
Term: one -year two- way contract.
Price tag: $874,125 (NHL) / $70k (AHL)

The undrafted forward signed his first professional contract last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 21, 2015 . On February 9, 2016 Bailey was apart of  a nine-player trade that involved Dion Phaneuf.

2015 – 2016: In 38 games with the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs AHL affiliate) Bailey scored 4 goals and had 14 assists. In the following 30 games that he played after the trade to the Binghamton Senators Bailey scored 7 goals and had another 14 assists.


  • Name: Max McCormick
  • Position: Right Wing
  • Age: 24 (05.01.92)
  • Shoots: Left
  • Term: One – year two – way contract.
  • Price tag: $650k (NHL) / $72.5k (AHL)
  • ComparablesDaniel Carr ($725k), Bryan Rust ($640k),  Tyler Randell ($600k)

Drafted in the 6th round (171 overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry draft McCormick  signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Senators On May 28, 2014.

2015 – 2016: McCormick played 57 games with the Binghamton Senators, scoring a career high 15 goals and 15 assists while racking up 143 penalty minutes (trailing only Zach Stortini who had 182 PIM.)

McCormick also played 20 games with the Ottawa Senators. He scored 2 goals and had 2 assists and 37 PIM.


Name: Phil Varone
Position: Center
Age: 25 (04.12.90)
Shoots: Left
Term: One – year two – way contract.
Price tag: $700k (NHL) / $325k (AHL)
Comparables: Kyle Schempp ($705k), Scott Wilson ($625k), Seth Griffith ($625k)

Drafted in the 5th round (147 overall) by the San Jose Sharks, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators as part of a seven-player deal February 27, 2016, by the Buffalo Sabres.

2015 -2016: Varone began the season with the Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres affiliate) scoring 13 goals and picking up 19 assists in 44 games. Varone played 21 games with the Binghamton Senators scoring 6 goals and picking up 17 assists.

Varone also scored a goal and had an assist with the Buffalo Sabres. He played one game with the Ottawa Senators where he picked up an assist.



Name: Chad Nehring
Position: Center
Age: 29 (06.14.87)
Shoots: Right
Term: One – year two – way contract.
Price tag: $600k (NHL) / $125k (AHL)
Comparables: Zach Sill ($612.5k), Cody Bass ($612.5k), Ben Street ($650k)

2015 – 2016: The undrafted center finished his second professional season with the Hartford Wolfpack.

Nehring led the Wolfpack in goals (22) and points (48) and was a team best +16.


Name: Michael Blunden
Position: Right Wing
Age: 29 (06.14.87)
Shoots: Right
Term: two – year two – way contract.
Price tag: $725k (NHL) / $275k (AHL)
Comparables: Daniel Carr ($725k), Bryan Rust ($640k),  Tyler Randell ($600k)

Drafted in the 2nd round (43rd overall) of the 2005 NHL entry draft, Blunden has played in 124 career NHL games with Chicago, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay.

2015 – 2016: In 49 games with the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning AHL affiliate), Blunden scored a career high 21 goals and had 17 assists. Blunden also had the opportunity to play 20 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he scored 3 goals and 2 assists.



Monday hits: Contracts, Draft, Preseason

Show  me the money!

Over at the Ottawa Citizen, Bruce Garrioch had a few interesting bits to report on.
Chance are the Senators will not give defenseman Patrick Wiercioch a $2.7 Million dollar qualifying offer.

“It’s $2.7 million to qualify him. Is he worth that money? Is better off going somewhere else? Of course, we’ve talked with the agent and we’ve talked there’s other situations we can explore and that’s what we’re going to do these next few weeks,”

I’d be surprised if the Senators didn’t get at the very least a later round draft pick for Wiercioch, he’s got NHL experience and while there are certainly flaws in his game with his size I’d be shocked if someone didn’t bite hoping a “change of scenery” is all he needs to elevate his game.
Mike Hoffman and the Senators haven’t yet talked about keeping the winger in Ottawa,.

While he’s certainly been the whipping boy in the past I would guess the two sides come together and hammer something out. A new coach that Hoffman’s had success in the past with and $$$ go a long way to mend wounds.
Cody Ceci’s agent J.P. Barry and Senators GM Pierre Dorion will meet again as they try to work out a deal.

Mad Max

Senators prospect Max McCormick is switching up his off season training regiment in hopes to make see more action with the Senators.

“You want to stay there. I was up and down three different times this year. I think I got my foot in the door, and I have to continue to prove myself and prove that I belong there and play in the NHL full-time.”

Drafted in the 6th round (171) of the 2011 NHL Entry draft, McCormick played 20 games with the Senators this season, scoring twice and adding two assists.

McCormick will be training with players like Joe Pavelski and Tom Gilbert with the University of Wisconsin strength coach Jim Snider.

“I’m training with guys that are more experienced than me and are better players than me, I can kind of chase them, and they’ll push me a little more.”

Green bay press gazette 

Drafting with confidence

For those of you who have little faith in the Senators drafting ability, according  to  Postmedia’s ranking of draft performance since 2005 the Senators earned some top grades.

The Senators were 22nd in draft position and ranked fifth in games played, 11th in points generated.

Toronto Sun


The Senators have announced their pre-season schedule:

2016-17 Ottawa Senators pre-season schedule (all times Eastern)

Monday, Sept. 26: Ottawa vs. Toronto (in Halifax, N.S.) 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 29: Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Montreal at Ottawa, 3 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 3: Ottawa at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4: Toronto vs. Ottawa (in Saskatoon), 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.